September 26, 2017

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

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    When Things Don’t Go As Planned

    wide eyed womanTechnology.  We all love it, right? In fact we’ve grown so dependent on it, that when something—anything—goes wrong, we’re stopped dead in our tracks.  (I recently had a friend who reported that she’d had a TERRIBLE week because she was totally consumed with computer printer problems.)

    This week, as I was organizing a new part of my website—one that I needed finished ASAP—my entire site went down. Talk about a technology nightmare! It certainly unnerved me and my team. We have been working so hard to bring this new project live, that the mere thought of a glitch was, well…not even a consideration!

    Yet it happened. And despite hours of concern and a few hours of lost sleep, everything is back up and working perfectly.

    However, looking back, there are a few things I would tweak with my reaction, because I really am not a fan of losing any sleep.

    How to Maintain Peace of Mind When Things Go Wrong

    1. Breathe. First and foremost, when things change unexpectedly or go wrong.  take a deep…I mean really deep breath. In fact, you may even need a full five minutes of deep breathing.  Take a drink of water, walk around, and shake it off.

    2. Stop living in the future. I don’t know about you, but for me, sometimes it can be easy to think about all of the worst-case scenarios when things go wrong. This is called living in the future.  Stop. Bring yourself back to this exact moment, deal with the reality of here and now, and calm down.

    4. Play the ‘what if’ game—positive ‘what ifs’. If you find yourself struggling to bring yourself back to the present, ask yourself, ‘What If”.  For example, what if my website came back online in the next hour? Problem solved!  Or what if a new client called me for a consultation today—something that’s a whole lot more wonderful than any technology? Think of a few examples that would calm you down and could dramatically change your current circumstances for the better.

    5. Take inventory. After you take some deep breaths and bring yourself back to the present moment, it’s time to take inventory of the situation. What happened, and what do you have control over? If it is something out of your control, let it go, and turn to or wait for (maybe reminding) someone else who can bring it under control.  When you do what you can to help ease your worries you’ll know that you’re doing something positive and that makes a huge difference in yourself, and in the resolution of the problem.

    6. Sleep. If the problem is not resolved at the end of the day, find a way to have a peaceful night’s sleep. In fact, if your situation is anything like mine, there is a good chance that when you wake up, it will be resolved.  What a delight!  If it’s not, then having a refreshing sleep will, at the least, give you a fresh perspective in the morning. So meditate, listen to calming music, stretch, do whatever you can to relax—and sleep

    We are living a life that is full of possibilities. However, I would be lying if I told you that things don’t go wrong.  (You certainly know that’s not true.) Stuff happens, but it is up to us to determine how we let that stuff affect our well-being.

    What works for you when things go wrong? Share below. We’d love to hear.

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